Above: Archbishop Chia was the main celebrant at the Mass to mark the 200th birthday of Blessed Frederic Ozanam, founder of the Society of St Vincent de Paul. Above: Archbishop Chia was the main celebrant at the Mass to mark the 200th birthday of Blessed Frederic Ozanam, founder of the Society of St Vincent de Paul.

While you help the poor with money and rations, make sure you have Christ’s presence in you. You should also be thankful to the poor for giving you an opportunity to encounter Christ.

This was the message Archbishop Nicholas Chia had for members of the Society of St Vincent de Paul as he celebrated Mass in honour of the 200th birth anniversary of Blessed Frederic Ozanam, the society’s founder.

The Mass was also for the “Friends in Need” (FINs), the poor that the Vincentians serve in Singapore.
A beneficiary of the society attends the Mass.A beneficiary of the society attends the Mass.
The celebration was held at the Church of St Vincent De Paul and attended by close to 400 Vincentians, FINs and some residents from the Gift of Love Home and St Vincent Home.

Said Mr Paul Foo, president of the Singapore National Council of the Society of St Vincent de Paul: “It is a great occasion for all to come together as one people to celebrate the gift of Blessed Frederic Ozanam, one of the greatest lay Christians, and the many Vincentians who have been faithful to the call to serve God’s poor through the 180 years of the society’s history.”

A short video showing the work done by Vincentians in Singapore and the views of some of the FINs was screened towards the end of the Mass.

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